Jesus Christ calls us to be a joyful community that celebrates God's love, transforms lives, and is a force for justice in the world.

Sermons on 1 Corinthians

Not for Weddings

If you really slow down and let the weight of Paul’s words really sink in “love does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things,” the sense that this is actually attainable for any one person or any one couple quickly decreases.

Out of One, many

This image of the church as the body of Christ runs far deeper than a metaphor for teamwork. It tells us about the kind of community God shapes, and that is a community in which differences are not erased, but embraced and transcended for the sake of God’s purposes in the world.

Bodies Matter

…we’re not just shells. All bodies have inherent worth and dignity. Bodies society tends to discard–darker bodies, transgender bodies, poor bodies–matter to God. The church doesn’t seek justice for statistics, but bodies. We don’t show mercy to sociological categories, but bodies. Human beings with emotions, scars, memories, quirks–God breathes life into all of that, and even works through it. Why would God erase all that handiwork in some disembodied paradise?

Christian Unity

As the refrain in our next hymn goes, “They’ll know we are Christians by our love.” Unified congregations, congregations that can handle conflict in healthy ways have a role to play in this day and age. Christians of all stripes who can work together, despite their differences, can indeed be a peacemaking presence in a polarized society.